The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #67

#67 Is vitality a permanent attribute of the vital principle, or is vitality only developed by the
play of the organs in which it is manifested ?

Question #67

“It is only developed in connection with a body. Have we not said that this agent, without matter, is not life? The union of the two is necessary to the production of life.”

– Would it be correct to say that vitality is latent when the vital agent is not united with a body ?

“Yes; that is the case.”

Life is then the result of two agents, matter and vitality. Matter without vitality is just some inert object, vitality without matter is still is, but in a latent state. Does it mean our organs are the only acceptable receptacle for vitality while any other thing is not? Vitality does only manifest through organs, in which it is manifested.

The comment of the author:
The totality of the organs of a body constitutes a sort of mechanism which receives its impulsion from the active or vital principle that resides in them. The vital principle Is the motive power of organised bodies. And while the vital principle gives impulsion of the organs in which it resides, the play of those organs develops and keeps up the activity of the vital principle, somewhat as friction develops heat.

Matter and vital principle are dependent to each other, one will start the other while the activity of the latter will keep it active.

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The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #65

#65 Does the vital principle reside in any one of the bodies known to us ?

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“It has its source in the universal fluid; it is what you call the magnetic fluid, or the electric fluid, animalised. It is the intermediary, the link between spirit and matter.”

So we may say that this vital principle, important element of the Universe, is what links the spirit to the body; so maybe when we feel very tired or very sick, we also lack of such fluid. Is dying then synonym of losing all this principal that keeps the body animalised by the willingness of the spirit?

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The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #64

#64 We have seen that spirit and matter are two constituent elements of the universe. Does the vital principle constitute a third element?

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“It is, undoubtedly, one of the elements necessary to the constitution of the universe; but it has its source in a special modification of the universal matter, modified to that end. For you, it is an elementary body, like oxygen or hydrogen, which, nevertheless, are not primitive elements; for all bodies known to you, though appearing to you to be simple, are modification of the primal fluid.”

– This statement seems to imply that vitality is not due to a distinct primitive agent, but is a special property of the universal matter resulting from certain modifications of the latter.

“Your conclusion is the natural consequence of what we have stated.”

Matter and Spirit is 2 elements of the Universe indeed, but now we see that there is something linking both and giving “life” to matter: the vital element. It is considered as a third element but also comes from the modification of the matter, already an element of the Universe. But as the vital element is essential to life, and so, to incarnation of Spirits into matter; it can be considered as an element itself.

We now understand even more that the Universe provides one kind of primal fluid that modifies itself to provide an extremely huge, maybe infinite, range of matter.

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The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #63

#63 Does the vital principle resides in a special agent, or is it only a property of organized matter; in other words, is it an effect or a cause ?

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“It is both. Life is an effect produced by the action of an agent upon matter; this agent, without matter, is not life, just as matter cannot become alive without this agent. It gives life to all beings that absorb and assimilate it.”

It has to be an effect, as the only very First Cause is the Universe Itself. But it is also a cause, the cause of life of matter. “It gives life to all beings that absorb and assimilate it”, But it is still not life itself, without matter. This is a real agent of life, life needs the vital principle and the matter; after assimilation, life happens.

Lets take a real example that we all know, birth. The vital principle comes to the fetus and become a living human being. But we can wonder, where does this vital agent comes from? Not it is not the Spirit itself, the Spirit is the “user” of the matter, linked by the vital principle. So does the Spirit brings the vital principle with him? Or maybe this agent just reach its goal by itself, just like the spermatozoids reach the egg by themselves.

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The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #62

#62 What is the cause of animalisation of matter ?

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“It’s union with the vital principle.”

Matter is animalised because of its union with the vital principle. Concept that the inorganic matter d0esn’t know, because this is what makes you animalised, makes you move in order to satisfy your needs, and much more.

This vital principle is extremely important, we will keep talking about this element of the Universe.

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The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #61

#61 Is there any difference between the matter of organic and inorganic bodies ?

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“The matter of both classes of bodies is the same, but in organic bodies it is animalised.”

Both are made of a matter made from atoms etc., the only difference is the animalization of the organic body which make it move through willingness. But the details of this will be explained in the next question.

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The Vital Principle – Organic and Inorganic Beings / Question #60

#60 Is the force which unites the elements of matter in organic and inorganic bodies the same ?

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“Yes; the law of attraction is the same for all.”

Whether elements around us are organic or not, we still ALL answer to the law of attraction, the Natural Laws of the Universe apply to everything.

But what exactly are the differences between the organic and inorganic bodies ?

Let’s take a look at the author’s comment.
Organic beings are those which have in themselves a source of activity that produces the phenomena of life. They are born, grow, reproduce their own species, and die. They are provided with organs specially adapted to the accomplishment of the different acts of their life, to the satisfaction of their needs, and to their preservation. They include men, animals, and plants.
Inorganic beings are those which possess neither vitality nor the power of spontaneous movement, and are formed by the mere aggregation of matter; as minerals, water, air etc…

Now we know that organic and inorganic elements are, and that Universal Laws apply on all of them. And this will be useful to all the questions of this new chapter IV, The Vital Principle.

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